Forget winter! Next Saturday, March 15, spring will be in full bloom at the 27th annual East Otter Tail Horticulture Day.
Taking place at Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham, registration will start at 8 a.m., with events lasting into the afternoon.
As in the past, Horticulture Day will include a garden vendor showcase, as well as a lineup of speakers guaranteed to get gardeners excited about the upcoming growing season.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Meleah Maynard, who will speak at 9 a.m. Maynard gardens in Minneapolis and wrote “Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations.” Co-authored by Jeff Gillman, the book declares a friendly war on common garden lore that has led generations of gardeners astray for decades, if not centuries.
After Maynard’s presentation, individual educational sessions on everything from butterflies to blueberries will begin. The first round of four total sessions will start at 10:30 a.m., with the last ending at 3:20 p.m. This year will include classes on hardy lilies, edible landscaping and straw bale gardening.
Speakers leading these classes will be experts and enthusiasts from near and far. Some classes will be offered more than once.
The cost to attend is $25, which includes lunch, four classes, refreshments and the keynote address. Registration is not required.
Horticulture Day is sponsored and hosted by the East Otter Tail County Master Gardeners, Lady Slipper Garden Club and the University of Minnesota Extension Office.
For more information, contact the extension office at 218-385-5420.